Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Folk + Rock + Growl = Lion Bear Fox

Three powerful, honest, and soulful voices sing dynamic songs at Horizon Stage on March 3

One part folk, one part rock, with a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox boasts acoustic guitars, buzzing electrics, and screaming keys. All of this is anchored by rich percussion and thrilling harmonies. With a name that is derived from their “spirit animals” this trio’s sound harkens back to an era when the song itself was paramount. Christopher Arruda, Cory Woodward, and Ryan McMahon were all solo artists who joined forces in 2012, released a CD together, and have been touring relentlessly ever since. Lion Bear Fox are looking forward to bringing their spirited rock/folk mix to Horizon Stage on Saturday, March 3.

Chris, Cory, and Ryan have three decades of solo career experience combined between them. At an impromptu show in Winnipeg in 2012 they started joining in on each other’s songs and quickly realized that it was time for a change; and thus Lion Bear Fox was born.  In 2013 Lion Bear Fox was selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands in British Columbia as part of the Peak Performance Project. That same year they released their self-produced debut EP, We’d Be Good Men. Described as a musical force of nature that’s sure to be around for a lifetime, Lion Bear Fox have made appearances at Canadian Music Week, the Mission Folk Festival, and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. They have shared stages with artists like Tom Wilson, Good For Grapes, Elliot Brood, and Kim Mitchell. In February 2017 they released their second CD, the self-titled Lion Bear Fox.

“When we perform, people experience three powerful, honest and soulful voices that will take them on a roller coaster ride of dynamically pleasing songs,” says Woodward. “Each one’s a journey, and we welcome everyone with open arms to dance wild, scream and sing into the night and experience one of the greatest self-made gifts we can give ourselves, pure uninhibited joy.”

Ride Lion Bear Fox’s rumbling musical roller coaster at Horizon Stage on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through

“One of the most appealing things about this group, is how easily they seem to meld so many different genres of music into their sound without it feeling overwhelming.”

“We’d Be Good Men comes out clear and unified—bound by powerful and passionate performances.”

“Lion Bear Fox highlight of Lake Country Folk Fest”

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